Live Oak Pilz - Live Oak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

181 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 33
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2003

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Reviews by kinupanda:
Photo of kinupanda
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color, almost straw-like; a thin ecru head that dissipates rather rapidly but provides a little bit of lacing. Smells very woodsy, with an adequate balance of malts and hops. The taste is crisp but very bitter in the back, and the alcohol is evident. Overly dense mouthfeel with a strong, dry aftertaste.

FourthBeer potential: BELOW AVERAGE. I wasn't quite a fan of this one, but I guess it's because non-IPA bitter beers seem a little off to me. Still a decent, drinkable brew, but too much kick relative to other pilsners.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Premo88
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. pint on-tap at Doc's in Houston

L: mostly clear yellow, nice white foam, head just 1/2-inch at most, thick collar, no lace. Maybe debris. wasn' t poured into a pilsener, so it's hard to judge the head here, but as it is, not bad.

S: sweet green grass, some grain, super sweet onion (as in, it's almost not onion it's so sweet) ... So good as it warms. So sweet but not bread malt ... It's like sweet green hops. amazing. really opens up.

T: fantastic grain bomb at first with green grass hop bite, but the bitter is very subdued. like the nose has a hop note that's super sweet, the taste here has hop flavor but a very controlled bitterness. very good. VERY good, in fact. I could drink this all the time.

F: light but good carbonation. it's not as dry as I think the Czech pilsener is often touted as, but there's nothing wrong here.

O: very nice. Sharp corners on a true Old World style in that it isn't overly Americanized. the sweetness is not full on bread malt, but the grassy hop bite is also restrained nicely, so it's really solid. Live Oak is becoming world-craftbeer-wide famous for it's hefeweizen, but this pils is no slouch at all. fantastic beer.

Photo of dill
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap into a pint glass

A - a nice golden color with a thin, white head.

S - grainy, yeasty smell.

T - yeasty with a touch of hops at the end.

M - light carbonation with a medium body.

D - this is a highly drinkable beer as most of the Live Oak offerings tend to be.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Whip-In in Austin.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pilsner malt with some spicy hop character. The flavor is more of the pilsner malt as well as grassy and peppery/spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with a good bit of floral and slightly citrus hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pilsner malts kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a crisp and well done beverage. Worth a shot if you see it on.

Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gawnphishin for this one! Poured from a 64oz growler into my Radeberger pokal.

Aureolin, cloudy body with a faint bright white collar. Very light but sticky lacing.

Sweet malty aroma with a touch of graham cracker, biscuit, and spice. Faintly "pissy" herbal hop notes as well (Saaz?).

Grassy hops with a sweet papery malt flavor that hints at adjunct on the palate. Crisp yet round and faintly buttery tones lead into the gently bitter finish with hints of white pepper.

Silky, creamy, delicate mouthfeel - undercarbonated, but judging from the appearance this is from the serving style.

Would really like to have this on-tap some day, to see if the added carbonation would enliven the flavors further. Trying not to knock too many points just because this example arrived a touch flat and diminished.

A good domestic take on a Bohemian Pilsner, though not in the same league as Moonlight's Reality Czeck, for example.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Gingerman. The body is just a touch thicker than most of the Czech pilsners but this lager does a great job of amplifying the Nobel hops without going over the top. There's a tasty lemon-herb hop character backed by mellow white bread malt to make this both satisfying.

Photo of bobbrew
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Disclaimer - I've only had this beer once and it was after I survived 1+ hours trying to give Rahr's beers a fair taste at their Saturday tasting (read mad house with free beer) recently (March 2008).

I happened upon the Gingerman in Fort Worth and after trying about 5 tastes of nothing special, I LOCKED onto Live Oak Pilsener! Whow what a treat! It was my life ring in a day of swarming beer sloshers at Rahr. This beer is a true Bohemian Pilz. Arguably my favorite pilsener of all time behind Tony Gomes' Saxer Pilsener.

I brought in my own pilsener glass and after about the 4th try the bartender poured it in the proper way. Slam it to the bottom from maximum height. Let it sit for 4 or 5 minutes and then nurse more gently down the side. A rocky snow cone head formed and rose about 1.5 inches above the rim.

The color is golden (didn't pay that much attention) but was opalescent as I remember Saxer's legendary product. The taste was clean and refreshing but the aftertaste is the grabber. It didn't lock my jaws as Tony's did but it dig grab me mid pallet and LINGERED! That's what I look for in a Pils and Live Oak delivered! Could it be that this sensation requires a decoction mash, or maybe a double?

I've been searching high and low lo 10+ years to find a replacement for my favorite, and now defunct, Pils and I've found a worthy substitute. And, in all places, Texas! I'd written off anything brewed in Tejas until I had this beer. Here's to hoping my second encounter will equal the first! Truly a World Class Pilsener! Bob SNOB from Washington / Portland

Photo of BeerZack
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crisp golden body with nice white head that fades after a few sips.
The aromas coming off this beer are intoxicating themselves. Very "grassy", spicy hops with some citrus, makes your mouth water.

Tastes just like you would expect from the smell- dry and crisp spicyness riding over a soft grainyness that allows the hops to win the tug-o-war just enough to keep you thirsty.

This is my second favorite LO beer and probably one of my favorite Pilseners of all time (better than any bottled import I've tried; not as hoppy as a Victory Prima, but still a real craft beer). Can drink this stuff like it was made from water!

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a shaker pint at Crown and Anchor. Ate a mushroom swiss burger along with it. I feel lucky to have Live Oak available across the street from work :).

The beer is a rich, clear gold with a thin, white head. Maybe it's the serving glass, but this beer won't look great with this kind of head and retention. The body is solid, however.

The nose is grassy hops followed by a sweet and sazzy bite. Very noble nose.

The beer itself is mostly noble hops, but they're balanced by a creamy sweetness left by the malt backbone. How does Live Oak get their beers to be so smooth and creamy? The main hop flavor is Saaz, which I usually hate. However, the sweetness balances them and keeps everything in check. The lingering flavor is hop bitterness, but it's subdued and welcome. Perfect balance on the hop weight throughout the beer.

This is a great casual drinking beer and another victory for Live Oak.

Photo of pmcgill10
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this pilsner on tap at Live Oak Brewery in East Austin. Served in a plastic pint glass. Has a golden appearance with a frothy white head. Smells like hop heaven with an abundance of floral notes. Made with mostly czech ingredients -- Hops from bohemia, barley from moravia -- this is as czech as you can get in Texas. Hop bitterness up front balances well with the bready finish, a very straightforward lager. This is my idea of a czech pilsner: slightly malty, very bitter.

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On draft at Crown and Anchor in Austin, but have had it all around town many times. $3 pint during happy hour.

Hands down my favorite pilsner. While I am a fan of the "big beers," this is the pilsner with the most taste I've ever had. Has some that green bottle skunky taste like a true Czech pilsner but much more more fresh and tasty (only coming from a few miles away). Grassy, floral, some peppered grain, slightly hoppier than most, authentic ingredients...I could easily drink 2 pitchers of this in a night. Highly recommended to get a keg of. If you're ever in Austin or Texas, definitely try all of the Live Oaks. If only they bottled and had greater marketing and distribution...

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of fthomasl, gracias! Pours a very clear, light gold color with a moderate cap of white head. Pretty standard looking pils, nothing stands out.

Nose is biscuity and actually a little earthy with a leafy hop aroma. I am surprised at the balance of the nose, I was expecting a hoppier aroma.

Taste shows plenty of bitterness. Not an abundance of hop flavor and it does have a decent malt backing. Its kind of an earthy pilsner with the malts not just grainy and all two-row. Nice and fresh with a full body. Good brew, one of the best pilsners in Texas.

Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MJ brought along a of keg of this for his tasting at the 3-22-03 event. Sweet musty nose. Not much of a persistant head.. slight white ring of fine foam in the glass. Gold color to the brew in the glass. Upon first sample you really note the balenced bitterness. The bitterness is there but the malt spine really stands up to it. Smooth mouth with a medium body. Crisp, bitter hop finish to the taste and tongue. Quite drinkable. There is also a very slight smoke (oak?) finish to the beer as well. A nice pilzzzzzzz.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was busy during this review so it isn't as in depth.

Nice thick head with great retention. Nice amber color.

Taste is simple. some pale malts and nice hop bitterness. Pilsners tend to be good and simple, and this one is no exception.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

This beer is ridiculously well balanced and easy to drink.

Not a whole lot going on, but really good.

Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Screw-top growler received via trade from SSW117. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head recedes gradually, with a solid coating of lace. Aroma is spicy hops. Taste is pale sweet upfront, lots of spicy Saaz in the middle, which just keeps on keeping on through the close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, with the biting hops keeping it interesting, and drinkability is great. Go find some, you won't be sorry.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Huhzubendah for getting this growler in from Texas, though he did make me accept delivery, so I can't give him too much credit. Just kidding. Been waiting to try this one for awhile now. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a clear gold color with a fizzy white head that leaves behind some average spotty lacing. The nose carries a heavy malt presence comprised of straw and grain. Also some light herbal and floral hops. The flavor is quite grainy and straw-like without much hop presence. There's also just a touch of sweetness. Light bitterness on a light body with average carbonation. Somewhat-dry finish. A solid beer, but a bit too grainy and not complex enough for my tastes. Would like to have seen a bit more noble hop character.

Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A good finger's worth of bone-white head with excellent retention. Nose was pungent with fresh-mown grass (read Saaz hops). Color was a medium-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid Saaz bite on the tongue. Finish was light, dry, satisfying. Pilsner as pilsner should be! 5's!

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On my previous review of this brew, I think my palate must have been slightly off due to previous tastings.

This beer has an excellent balance of strong grassy somewhat citrusy hops with a slightly sweet malt to balance everything out. The after taste is awesome as the hop bitterness leaves you wanting more.

As I said above, this is a great Czech Pilsner. If you like a highly hopped brew with some good balance, this is your brew. One of my faves brewed right here in Austin!

Photo of aggiearcher13
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Draught House in Austin.

A: Slight head, a little bit of lacing but not much to speak of. Very light golden straw color, slightly hazy, moderate carbonation.

S: Kind of a sweaty doughy aroma, which doesn't sound good but actually is rather pleasant. Grassy with a little bit of floral and peppery spice to it.

T: A lot going on with the flavor, spicy and bready, and some good bitterness from the saaz. Quite enjoyable.

M: Medium body, easy drinking. Fairly dry on the finish.

D: Pretty solid session beer, I really enjoyed it and will have to keep an eye out for it from now on.

Photo of champ103
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A two finger fluffy white head forms and leaves plenty of lace.
S: Bread and biscuit malt. Awesome toasted grains. Followed by grassy, spicy, peppery hops. Then the hops turn very fruity. Citrus and orange rind. Awesome.
T: A great balance between floral and grassy hops that are slightly bitter. Malty bread and biscuit flavors. Citrus and orange like fruity hops and a lingering bitterness.
M/D: A light to medium body with medium carbonation. A nice snap on the tongue, and very refreshing. So clean, crisp, and dry. Easy and smooth to drink. I can, and often do drink this all day.

Another great beer from Live Oak and an awesome Pilz. A near perfect example of a lager. One of my favorites, not just in Texas, but anywhere.

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on at the Lovejoy Tavern in Austin. Served in a pint glass, the beer was a vibrant gold with a lasting head and nice lace.

The aroma is fresh, slightly spicy (pepper & floral tones)with a bit of cracker notes.

Nice brisk taste. The hops add some nice spice notes that are offset by a bit of sweetness. I bet this one would go great with food.

A solid mouth with great carbonation make this one an easy drinker. Nice beer here folks!

Photo of JonathanL7890
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Dig Pub.
Pours a 2 finger head that dissipated slowly.
Color is straw and very clear.
Aroma is floral, grassy, noble hops
Taste is malty, smooth bitterness, bready, spicy, grainy. Very well balanced. Not as bitter as most pilsners.
Mouthfeel is solid. You can feel the graininess, viscosity of the malt. Excellent for a 4.9% beer that it is.
Drinkability: excellent also, One of my favorite pilsners.
A quiet shining star from the live oak brewery...

Photo of JDV
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice golden color with a smallish white head on tap. Heavy, doughy, musty yeasty smelling It smells strongly of mushy yeast and dough which isn't my favorite as the style goes, but still okay. As far as the taste, it is a lightly bitter bite, with a smooth finish. I didn't find this refreshing like some pilsners but rather, gooey and thicker from the heavily yeasty smell present in the nose, and also somewhat present in the taste. If you like heavy yeast flavor this is a great pilsner for you. I still prefer Live Oak's other beers to this, I'd say.

Photo of redraider2323
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Draught at Gingerman in Austin:
A - Pale straw, clear
S - Noble hop aroma with just a hint of DMS
T - Dry, hoppy, clean malt. Hop flavor is dominant, clean and tasty.
M/D - medium light body. Exceptionally drinkable and flavorful. Excellent pilsner beer.

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Live Oak Pilz from Live Oak Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.